15 Words Invented by Shakespeare

by • April 26, 2014
Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl, Shakespeare, words, language, English

Guest post from Mignon Fogarty This week marked the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. He is not only known as a timeless playwright, but also as a prolific inventor of words. Although modern researchers have found that some words originally attributed to him, such as puke,… MORE →

300 Published Authors, One Great Novel

by • April 23, 2014
Great American Novel, NanoWriMo, GrammoWriMo, Grammarly, writing

In November, Grammarly worked with around 300 writers from 27 countries (and 44 U.S. states) to write a group novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). We called the project #GrammoWriMo; and, clocking in at a total of 130,927 unedited words, we are proud to say that our draft was among the 41,940 completed! We kicked… MORE →

What is the Most Maddening Writing Error? Misused Apostrophes

by • April 07, 2014
Grammar Madness, March Madness, Grammarly, apostrophe, misused apostrophe

Grammarly’s cut-throat competition to determine the most “maddening” writing error concluded on April 6, 2014 with MISUSED APOSTROPHES crowned as the undisputed Grammar Madness bracket champion. Tens of thousands of grammarians voted in 16 separate match-ups representing the most annoying errors in English writing. According to one… MORE →

Writing in the Voice of Me

by • March 25, 2014
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Guest post from Tilia Klebenov Jacobs  “My book is about, um, me.  Is that okay?” This is the question I get most often when I teach novel-writing classes.  And I say go for it, because every novelist is a memoirist and every memoirist is a novelist.  Even the… MORE →